For those of you living in the Northern Hemisphere, stop reminiscing about warmer weather and sunny days spent on the golf course – instead, consider making a trip to Barbados! Gorgeous weather all year round and an array of the best championship courses in the Caribbean make Barbados an ideal location for golf enthusiasts (and also “would-be” golfers).
For many years, Barbados was a diamond in the rough in terms of being a premiere golfing destination. Several of the island's golf courses that were built during the torrent of tourism in the 1960s and 70s lay dormant for many years. Recent renovations, however, revived many courses and made them world renowned. Today the golf community on Barbados is growing and the courses are some of the best in the Caribbean.
Easternmost of the Caribbean islands, Barbados is considered a paradise. The stunning white sand beaches on the Caribbean side of the island contrast sharply with the rugged Atlantic coastline. Roads paved in coral are bordered by fields of cane, royal palms, and rolling hills while tropical flowers bloom in profusion, such as oleander, frangipani, jasmine, cassia, bougainvillea, hibiscus and lady of the night. There are no rain forests in Barbados, and no volcanoes, but the “Bajan” landscape, when morning mists burn off to expose panoramas of valley and ocean, is one of the most majestic in the southern Caribbean. It is an ideal place to tour seaside villages, plantations, gardens, and English country churches, some dating from the 17th century. There are even sightseeing submarines (air conditioned with viewing ports) that give visitors an opportunity to view the sea's wonders in comfort.
Barbadians (Bajans) are warm, friendly, hospitable and genuinely proud of their country and culture. Tourism is the island's number one industry, but there is a sophisticated business community and stable government.
Bridgetown, the capital, has the English atmosphere which is the island's heritage. High quality British made clothing and Scottish and English fabrics are excellent buys in Bridgetown shops, and afternoon tea at "half after four" is routine throughout the city.
Consider Barbados if you are seeking a peaceful island getaway. Golfing, horseback riding, horse racing, cricket matches, fishing, scuba diving, tennis, windsurfing, and snorkeling are all first rate.
Get away from the cold and come to Barbados – you will find that being in Barbados is even better than reading about it!
Notable Golf Clubs in the Area
Sandy Lane Resort and Golf Club
On the southern-west coast, the Sandy Lane Resort and Golf Club features three courses, and is becoming a premiere golfing destination. The two 18-hole courses at Sandy Lane are the Country Club and the Green Monkey (both designed by Tom Fazio, a premiere golf course architect). The Country Club is a par 74.7 championship course which features challenging holes and beautiful ocean views. The Green Monkey, so named for the Bajan green monkeys that are prevalent throughout the island and the course, opened in 2004 and quickly became one of the best courses on the island. However, to play at the Green Monkey, you must be a guest of the Sandy Lane Resort and Golf Club. Golfers looking for a little more relaxed experience can try the Old Nine; built in 1961, this course is the perfect tree lined, picturesque course to enjoy a slow round of golf. Interesting fact – Tiger Woods chose the 19th hole of Green Monkey Golf Course as the ceremony site for his wedding to Elin Nordegren (now ex-wife) in October of 2004.
Rockley Golf and Country Club
The Rockley Golf Course – the island’s oldest golf and country club was the first golf course built in Barbados. Today, the nearly 6,000 yards of course are surrounded by a residential development. With long and narrow greens well protected by sand and water hazards, this course will truly test all golfers' abilities. Beginners and pros alike will appreciate the challenge of this historic course.
Apes Hill Club
The Apes Hill Club Barbados golf course is part of the exclusive Apes Hill Club located in the parish of St. James, just on the outskirts of the popular town of Holetown. This particular Barbados golf course is a relatively new addition to the Apes Hill Club, which opened in December 2009. The course makes use of all of the natural features of former sugar plantation land and is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the Barbados. The course features beautiful lakes, woodland ravines, luscious pasture-land, coral stone quarries and some of the greenest fairways that are to be found on this Caribbean island. With the golf course set many meters above sea level, the course offers attractive panoramic views of Barbados and the surrounding crystal blue Caribbean sea.
The Barbados Golf Club
The Barbados Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course located on the southern coast of the island. This par 72, 6805 yard course was designed by golf architect Ron Kirby and reconstructed in 2000. This is a great challenging and affordable course for a family golf vacation.